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Column Menu

The column menu allows users to quickly access column-related operations like sorting and filtering.

To enable the column menu, use the ColumnMenu(true) method. As a result, the column headers of the Grid render a column menu, which allows the user to sort, filter, or change the visibility of a column. The column menu also detects when a specific column operation is disabled through the column definition and excludes the corresponding UI from rendering. For a runnable example, refer to the demo on implementing a column menu in the Grid.

The Grid also provides the option to set this property on individual Column level. You can disable the menu for a specific column by setting it to .ColumnMenu(false).


The column menu allows you to control the visibility of each Grid column. For this purpose, the column menu renders a child column menu with a checkbox for each Grid column. By default, the Grid column titles in the child column menu are not sorted. They have the same order as the columns in the Grid. To sort the column titles in the child menu, use the ColumnMenu() method.

The below example demonstrates how to sort the column titles in the child menu in ascending order:

           menu.Columns(columns => columns.Sort("asc"))


The ColumnMenu() method accepts a GridColumnMenuSettingsBuilder that enables grouping of the columns in the child menu. The Columns() group method expects a collection of the model properties. The menu will automatically use the title of the grid columns if such is defined

The following example demonstrates how to group columns by providing the model fields in a list of strings:

           menu.Columns(columns => {
               columns.Groups(groups =>
                   groups.Add().Title("Company Info").Columns(new List<string> { "CompanyName", "Country" }); ;
                   groups.Add().Title("Contact Info").Columns(new List<string> { "ContactName", "ContactTitle" });

Column Menu Types

As of R1 2021 version of the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC suite, the Grid component introduces the modern render mode that aims to deliver a fresh look and feel.

By default, the column menu of the Grid is initialized in the classic render mode. To set it to modern, configure the options of the widget as follows:


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